Europe’s IoT and blockchain tech company builder, Next Big Thing AG, is delighted to announce the kick-off a Project Partnership with CODE University of Applied Sciences, a new university whose bachelor programs are aimed at the central aspects of digital product development.


December 13, 2018: Berlin, Germany

What is the nature of this partnership?

As part of this Project Partnership, CODE’s digital pioneer students will have the opportunity to learn from NBT’s tech team of engineers, developers and CTO. CODE students will get supervised, hands-on access to NBT’s lab to experiment with real solutions in hardware and software for new use cases which connect IoT and blockchain technology. In exchange, students will contribute fresh ideas and innovative questions to the company builder, potentially shaping NBT’s activities and entrepreneurial growth.

CODE_signage-1NBT and CODE share a keen interest in respectively challenging the status quo in the way tech ventures are built and in tech education. As NBT's CTO Jasmin Skenderi says:

"Investing in the future is the best way to form it. Collaborating with CODE students offers an opportunity to positively influence the European tech ecosystem. In exchange for sharing NBT expertise and IoT lab access, we'll benefit from valuable student input, welcoming future talented developers, product experts, and founders."


How did this relationship come about?

Both Berlin-based organizations share the 4th floor of Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park, where serendipitous interactions get sparked in the shared kitchen and hallways. CODE and NBT have interacted at Factory events and gotten to know one another’s mission and vision.

CODE students have also visited NBT as part of Projects and Partner’s day this fall, where they toured the lab and heard from NBT CTO, Jasmin Skenderi about his vision and principles. Read more about why this Project Partnership makes sense.


What are the next steps?

On the 17th of January, NBT will participate in CODE’s Barcamp on campus to discuss ideas with CODE students, among CODE’s other esteemed partners. Following that, interested team leads will have a consultation with NBT’s CTO and engineers to identify potential projects at the interface of blockchain and IoT.

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About NBT:

Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe's premier startup incubator for the Internet of Things and Services (IoT/IoS) and Blockchain. As a company builder and operational VC, NBT acts at the nexus of a continually growing ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and politicians. With our know-how in IoT, we are the touchpoint for innovation in Europe - enabling companies to realize disruptive innovation with exceptional speed.

About CODE:

CODE is a private university of applied sciences dedicated to educate the digital pioneers of the future. Offering 3 B.A. programs of “Software Engineering”, “Interaction Design” and “Product Management”, CODE focuses on interdisciplinary digital product development by offering a team- and project-based learning concept. CODE creates an inspiring environment where students learn driven by their curiosity and eagerness to grow.

Press Contacts:

Next Big Thing AG

c/o Factory Works GmbH 

Lohmühlenstrasse 65

12435 Berlin

Elisheva Marcus, Sr. Content Manager


CODE University of Applied Sciences

Lohmühlenstraße 65

12435 Berlin

Jana Blanck, Marketing Manager 

Emilia Lischke, Head of Partnerships